Dragonsbane Poniard – Part 1

Well, the Nazgul Holdout Stiletto met with such success that I succumbed to the Bladegallery.com folks suggesting I make a really big and scary one.  This one is a dragonslayer’s poniard, basically an armor piercing dagger designed to penetrate through a dragon’s tough and thick scales.

This one is more than 22 inches long, and is made from half inch square 1045 carbon steel bar.

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I decided a Blacksmith Cube Twist, also sometimes called a Rubik’s Cube Twist, would make a cool looking handle, just like the Nazgul Holdout Stiletto, only lots bigger.  Above, I’ve begun the process by deeply engraving a center groove on each of the four faces of the 1045 carbon steel bar.  I cut a v-groove in a piece of wood to hold the bar “on the diamond” while I cut down to two of the engraved grooves.

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Above, you can see the two sets of cross cuts (cut on opposite sides at 45 degrees).  The bar is now ready to heat to yellow heat, place in a vise and twist 360 degrees, creating the illusion of the tumbling blocks.

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Here is the completed twist, after wire brushing while the bar was still at red heat.

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Above is the poniard after lots and lots of grinding and filing, ready to be heat treated.

Thanks for Looking!

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